Andrew Solomon: How the worst moments in our lives make us who we are
This is a beautiful talk from Andrew Solomon. Honest, witty and inspiring, it made me laugh, made me cry and made me reflect on my past.
Throughout the talk he gives many examples showing that we humans can look at our ‘negative’ experiences, no matter how dark they seem, as gifts that we can find meaning in and be grateful for.
“They are a gift because that is what we have chosen. We make those choices all our lives.”
“You need to take the traumas and make them part of who you’ve come to be. And you need to fold the worst events of your life into a narrative of triumph, evincing a better self in response to things that hurt”
Writer Andrew Solomon has spent his career telling stories of the hardships of others. Now he turns inward, bringing us into a childhood of adversity, while also spinning tales of the courageous people he’s met in the years since. In a moving, heartfelt and at times downright funny talk, Solomon gives a powerful call to action to forge meaning from our biggest struggles